Many people wait until they start feeling symptoms to think about their health and more natural ways to take care of their bodies. But it’s never too early to start living a more naturally healthy lifestyle!
If you have a little one at home, here are some ways to promote natural health and development in your baby.
Feed Baby Natural Foods
The most natural food that a mother can feed a baby is her breastmilk, so try to breastfeed your baby if you can to build up the baby’s immune system and fight future diseases. Once babies begin to try solid foods around the age of six months, balance feeding times between breastmilk and mushy foods that support healthy brain development. Avocados, Greek yogurt, applesauce, lentils, and salmon are all good options. Before your little one has enough teeth for chewing, you’ll need to puree these foods and perhaps mix them with breastmilk to get the right consistency while retaining the valuable nutrients.
Plant a Garden
To encourage healthy eating and a love of natural foods, you can also plant a garden with vegetables, fruits, and herbs. As babies grow older and begin walking and exploring, a garden is a great hands-on way to learn about food while spending quality time together outside. Your little one may even be more receptive to trying new foods if he or she helped grow them. In your garden, try planting organic carrots and tomatoes.
Get Outside in the Sunshine
Just like adults, babies benefit from time spent in the outdoors and a healthy dose of daily sunshine. The sun is the most natural source of vitamin D, which helps a baby’s immune system and bones develop. Just 10 to 15 minutes of sunshine per day will benefit your baby. Plan to get out into the sun before 10am or after 4pm to minimize the risk of sunburns.
Use Natural Bath Products and Homeopathic Remedies
A baby’s skin is very sensitive, which means that you’ll want to avoid soaps, shampoos, and lotions that contain harsh chemicals. Choose plant-based baby products instead that are non-toxic if accidentally digested and that won’t irritate the skin. Seagate offers 100% chemical-free, homeopathic remedies for young children, including Bye Bye Diaper Rash and Pediatric Earache Remedy.
Find a Pediatrician Who Values Holistic Health
Since every baby is different, it’s always a good idea to consult your pediatrician before giving a new medication to your baby, feeding your baby a new type of diet, or using a new type of product on baby’s skin. While many pediatricians out there are quick to suggest pharmaceutical prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, you can also find some amazing holistic health-focused pediatricians who take a more natural approach to babies’ health.
Avoid Toxic Chemicals in the House
Something else that you can do to help your baby be as naturally healthy as possible is to avoid chemicals in the house as much as possible. This is especially true for cleaning products that emit toxic fumes or that can be harmful when ingested since babies have a tendency to put everything in their mouths. To wash germs off of your baby’s crib, toys, and other surfaces in the house, try Seagate Olive Leaf Surface Cleaner. It’s also a good idea to stock up on vinegar, baking soda, and lemon because these are very common ingredients to use in DIY cleaning products that you can make at home to reduce chemical exposure and save money.